I know — long time, no blog! I needed some time away to hike in the Italian Dolomites, teach five courses, and reflect on the global carnage of putting junk in our mouths. Time to get back to current developments, like the WHO study on the carcinogenic attributes of processed meat, or the U of Michigan study concluding that the protein casein in cheese is as addictive as heroin, and, of course, the role of the media in obfuscating these warnings by its offering “news” space for the North American Meat Institute to categorically reject any and all science that doesn’t serve its industry.
Which bring me to gluten, the unscientifically maligned substance that is detracting attention from what’s really killing us: obesity, diabetes, heart damage (aka heart disease), cancer, etc. – NOT GLUTEN POISONING! The meat industry has done an admirable job of making gluten hysteria the perfect diversionary obsession in keeping everyone’s attention away from what’s really causing all the aforementioned deadly ailments: eating meat and other high fat, low nutrient junk.
On that note a new cafe has just opened on 12th Avenue just across from my workplace, Seattle University. The “Gluten Free Cafe & Bakery” is called NICHE and it invites you to “eat, drink, and smile.” I peeked in the window the other day and was not surprised to see a fairly brisk business – presumably owing to every Cross Fit instructor in Seattle adding it to their approved-cafe list. I don’t remember if the customers were smiling, but I do remember that they were all a bit overweight (well, a bit to a lot overweight). That is but one of the unfortunate consequences of being hoodwinked into Paleo eating. Paleoites tend to get almost all of their calories from meat, and will eventually suffer from diabetes, heart disease and cancer at incidence rates far above those who follow a more simple and healthful regimen – simply refraining from putting junk in their mouths.
So, to my friends sitting across the street at Niche “Gluten Free Cafe & Bakery,” I hope you will “eat, drink, and smile” while you can, for you may face some challenging tomorrows.